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Fort Bend Regional Council Hosted Eighth Annual Summer Explosion 2012 Camp

By Whitney Hensler

Ereka Caldwell: Lending a Hand to Special Needs Children


hen Ereka Caldwell heard The mother of two said having her that Pooh’s Panda, a special own children gave her “a lot of paneeds academy that protience,” which she said is helpful when vides affordable childcare to children it came to working with the children. with disabilities She said she enand their siblings, joyed seeing the needed volunteers parents “overjoyed” for their daycare with what their program, she was children do at the immediately drawn daycare. “I enjoy the to the cause. smiles on the faces “I’ve worked with of the kids when kids since I was they see me in the about 15,” said Calmorning, and when dwell, who started they leave getting off volunteering at hugs and kisses,” a YMCA summer she said. Ereka Caldwell camp. “They had a The academy lot of special needs provides services for kids at the YMCA. I enjoyed helping children who range in age from 3-18 and other people and seeing the kids happy includes children with autism, mental and smiling. It just carried on into my retardation, and speech and hearing adult years.” impairments. Caldwell says the most Caldwell began volunteering with rewarding part of working with the chilPooh’s Panda in September of last dren is creating a place where they can year and quickly became a value to the feel “at home.” organization, volunteering at the cen“I hope that by me volunteering the ter every day for 4 to 6 hours a day. children see that I really care about Caldwell said she helps with the “day what I’m doing and that they feel safe to day” running of the Special Needs with me,” she said. “I hope they know Academy spending “the most time on that I care for them as if they were my the floor with the kids.” She also helps own family.” with the basic operations of the dayFor more information regarding care which includes making lunches, Pooh’s Panda, please visit www.poohsdoing arts and crafts, and taking the or call 281-261-3194. For children on field trips. “I enjoy being additional volunteer opportunities in around them,” said Caldwell of the Fort Bend County, call Volunteer Fort children she works with. “They give Bend at 713-965-0031 or visit www. me so much inspiration.”

Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. (FBRC) in collaboration with LCISD hosted its eighth annual Summer Explosion Camp. Seventy students who are entering the 7th grade and twenty past campers from four different LCISD schools attended the day camp. Seven FBRC counselors worked hard and prepared activities that gave students the opportunity to participate in fun, safe and healthy activities such as arts & crafts, cooking, photography, games, sports, dance and environmental awareness. Each activity taught the students respect, team building and other life skills essential for success in school as well as the outside world. Fort Bend Regional Council has served Fort Bend County for 35 years striving to help young people grow up drug free. Through its mission of providing families and individuals substance abuse prevention, education and treatment services they need for positive change for themselves and the community, FBRC’s youth counselors work on 35 school campuses, primarily in the LCISD school district, teaching students skills to stand against the immeasurable pressure to drink and try drugs. For more information on FBRC, please visit or contact Irene Wisner at 281-2072409 or e-mail

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August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  
August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas. Direc...